Our top girls players

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

TOP Player
Quinn Ford
Pontotoc
Vitals: Guard, 5-8, senior
Facts: 22.6 pgg, 10.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 2.0 spg. … Named Division 1-4A Player of the Year. … Scored 28 points in 4A state title victory over Forrest County AHS. … Had a season-high 34 points against Yazoo County in playoffs. … Named All-North Mississippi Tournament and All-State Tournament teams. … Okolona transfer signed with Ole Miss. … 2010, 2011 Daily Journal All-Area selection.
Coach speak: “A couple of times during the season I had to take her by the shirt and tell her, ‘Take over the game,’ and she did.” – Bill Russell
The Team
Angelia Allen
Belmont
Vitals: Guard, 5-7, senior
Facts: 19.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.9 spg. … Scored 36 points in win against IAHS. … All-Division 1-3A. … Named All-North Mississippi Tournament and All-State Tournament teams. … Played in the MAC North-South All-Star Game. … Committed to Northeast Mississippi CC. … 2011 Daily Journal All-Area selection.
Coach speak: “She was a consistent offensive player and one of our stronger defensive players. She was also a strong leader.” – Chris Higginbottom
Jayla Chills
Ripley
Vitals: Guard, 5-8, junior
Facts: 17.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.4 spg. … Scored season-high 30 against Olive Branch and had 29-point games against New Site and New Albany. … All-Division 1-3A. … Named All-North Mississippi Tournament and All-State Tournament teams.
Coach speak: “She has unlimited potential. She took on more of scoring and leadership role this season. We wanted the ball in her hands.” – Katie Bates
Christy Clark
New Site
Vitals: Guard, 5-9, junior
Facts: 14.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.5 spg. … Averaged 20.5 ppg in the postseason, including a season-high 36-point effort against Mound Bayou-JFK. … Named to All-Division 1-2A, All-North Mississippi Tournament and All-State Tournament teams. … Member of Lady Royals state runner-up cross country team.
Coach speak: “She can step out and shoot the 3. She can go inside and post up. She’s a matchup problem.” – Byron Sparks
Aspriona Gilbert
Myrtle
Vitals: Center, 6-0, senior
Facts: 23.2 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.5 bpg. … Blocked 87 shots this season. … Scored in double figures in all 35 games. … She had 23 double-doubles. … Named All-Division 2-1A and co-MVP in the division. … 2010, 2011 Daily Journal All-Area selection. … Signed with Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn.
Coach speak: “She couldn’t be stopped one-on-one when we did a good job getting the ball inside. She could score with the best of them.” – Chris Greer
Morgan Pearson
New Site
Vitals: Guard/Forward, 5-11, senior
Facts: 17.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.6 spg. … Scored season-high 31 against Tishomingo County. … Named to All-Division 1-2A, All-North Mississippi Tournament and All-State Tournament teams. … Signed with Wallace (Ala.) State. … Played in Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game. … 2011 Daily Journal All-Area selection
Coach speak: “She’s not worried about her numbers. She just wants to win.” – Byron Sparks
Leslie Robinson
Belmont
Vitals: Point Guard, 5-4, senior
Facts: 13.1 ppg, 3.6 apg, 2.2 rpg, 2.6 spg. … Connected on 66 3-pointers to lead the Lady Cardinals. … All-Division 1-3A. … Named All-North Mississippi Tournament and All-State Tournament teams. … … Committed to Itawamba CC. … Out of respect for her talent, 4A state champion Pontotoc did not press the Cardinals when they played.
Coach speak: “When teams try to press, they’re out of luck when the ball’s in her hands.” – Chris Higginbottom
Becca Ruckes
Ripley
Vitals: Center, 6-1, senior
Facts: 15.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg. … Scored career-high 41 points against Booneville. Also scored 29 against Tupelo. … All-Division 1-3A. … Named to the All-North Mississippi Tournament and All-State Tournament teams. … 2011 Daily Journal All-Area selection … Recruited by Northeast Mississippi CC and Delta State.
Coach speak: “She’s a game-changer – offensively and defensively. As long as she was in the game, we knew we had a chance to win.” – Katie Bates
Kayla Russell
Pontotoc
Vitals: Guard, 5-6, sophomore
Facts: 9.6 ppg, 2.6 spg, 2.0 rpg. … Connected on 78 3-pointers, third highest total in the state. … Named Division 1-4A Defensive MVP. … Held state’s Player of the Year, Coldwater’s Jerontay Clemons, to two points in the first half of their Jan. 28 game. … Hit go-ahead 3-pointer with 20 seconds remaining in Pontotoc’s 4A state title win against Forrest County.
Coach speak: “Defensively, her assignment was to guard the other team’s best player, no matter who it was.” – Bill Russell
Erika Sisk
Oxford
Vitals: Guard, 5-6, senior
Facts: 22.6 ppg, 5.1 apg, 3.3 rpg, 6.0 spg. … Recorded five 30-plus-point games. … All-Division 2-5A. … Named to the All-North Mississippi Tournament and All-State Tournament teams. … 2011 Daily Journal All-Area selection … Signed in fall with Murray (Ky.) State. … One of state’s top long jumpers and triple jumpers in track and field.
Coach speak: “Her overall leadership on the floor was remarkable this year. She had total control over the game.” – Shane Linzy
Jazmine Spears
New Albany
Vitals: Forward, 5-11, junior
Facts: 27.2 ppg, 15.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.6 spg, 2.5 bpg. … Recorded 41 points, 27 rebounds against Tupelo. … Named 2-4A Player of the Year. … Selected for the MAC North-South All-Star Game. … Daily Journal’s 2011 Player of the Year and 2010 All-Area selection.
Coach speak: “Everybody knows about her and can’t stop her. She had a great season.” – John Stroud
Compiled by Gene Phelps